Thanks for getting in touch, Joe, and I'll try to answer where I can.
On 16/02/2011 16:45, Joe Rotello wrote:
Almost VITAL reading for LibreOffice developers, users, and supporters:
The reasoning is that these weakness areas MUST be addressed and SOON,
These include compatibility with MS Office XML and 2010 files,
As has been mentioned here before, LibO will both read and write MS
Office OOXML files. The matter of changing specifications for those
files by Microsoft in the future is under their control and all we can
do is catch up later since the openness of their file structure
details is less than perfect.
Presentation having limited PowerPoint features, and a few others that
the article mentions.
The only significant missing feature was the use of free-motion paths
which was addressed in a previous version of OpenOffice and is now
available. It is true that some of the effects and transitions are not
available, as the article notes, but also as it notes wherever
possible these degrade gracefully to the best available common form.
Hope that this reading of the article brings many fruits to
LibreOffice, perhaps in 3.3.1 or the next release and Update.
The other significant points the article raises are the lack of full
compatibility for macros and programming languages and the lack of a
connector to Microsoft Sharepoint.
While both are true, I can only point out macros are conversions from
Microsoft macros, not implementations of Microsoft coding languages
and programming of course also does not implement Microsoft coding
languages. Similarly there are no links to Microsft Sharepoint and for
the same reasons.
Remember that LibO is provided as Open Source Software and operates on
systems with very different OSs, not just Windows. We cannot commit to
Windows-only versions or to providing proprietary code owned by
Microsoft. Simply put, these issues are outside our control.
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